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Mason City traffic stop leads to arrest of known meth dealer

This news story was published on April 9, 2012.
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MASON CITY – A member of the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s department made a stop of a vehicle Saturday afternoon in the 300 block of North Federal. During the traffic contact the deputy located a large amount of methamphetamine in possession of the driver identified as 55-year-old Jonathan Jay Johnson of 1920 Wilson Avenue South in Mason City.

Jonathan Johnson was arrested and transported to Cerro Gordo County Jail after being charged with one class B felony count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, one class D felony count of failure to affix a drug tax stamp, one simple misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one simple misdemeanor count of driving while suspended.

After appearing before a magistrate Sunday morning Johnson was held on bail in the amount of $105,000 pending further court proceedings. Sources indicate more arrests and charges may be pending.

Possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver is a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison if a defendant is convicted.

Court records show since 1998 Jonathan Johnson has been charge with possession with intent to deliver, delivery, and manufacturing methamphetamine at least three times between Cerro Gordo and Franklin Counties.

Court records also show as a result of plea agreements with the prosecution he has been able to avoid large amounts of jail time resulting in probation or residential treatment. Even when sentenced to 10 years in prison following a probation violation in one of the cases the Iowa Department of Corrections released Johnson back into society after only serving a fraction of the sentence.


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10 Responses to Mason City traffic stop leads to arrest of known meth dealer

  1. memyselfandi Reply Report comment

    November 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    His name reminds me of this little diddy “You can call me Ray. Or you can call me Jay or you can call me Rayjay. But DON’T call me JOHNSON!” lol.
    And what movie or TV show was that from? Anyone old enough to remember it?

  2. 50 miles south Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    WINNING!!!___WINNING!!! i hope he gets a new girlfriend. I wonder if he is related to Raymond Jay Johnson junior. anyway im a stamp collector. how do I get one of these drug tax stamps?

  3. josh Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I’ve always found the drug tax stamp thing to be stupid as hell. Do they really expect a drug dealer like that to walk into a courthouse and say “i got 5 lbs of ______ for sale, i need stamps” ??? thats like punching a cop and expecting to walk away free.

  4. Heather Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm


  5. Heather Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    (singing) LaLaLaLaLa….

  6. UStoleMyName Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    More arrests could be pending? That means he is singing like a canary and snitching on others. He will probably be going to get time served and a few years of probation. He will be back on our streets dealing his shit before you know it. Gotta love our justice system.

  7. 4ever49 Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

    This guy appears to be a one man, non-stop, law enforcement full employment advocate.
    If found guilty, this time he needs to get a protracted stay at the big house.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2012 at 10:42 am

    i think this guy was driving around in an RV……

  9. Larry Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2012 at 10:17 am

    This PUKE should be locked up for at least 20 years but our milk-sop judges will probably slap his hand and turn him loose. How frustrating this must be for law enforcement.